Some light at the end of the tunnel
AS a town Ashford suffers more than its fair share of traffic problems. When Operation Stack is introduced the whole area can be gridlocked. The difficulties created by the current works on rearranging the ring road are adding to the town’s traffic woes. The problems at the Junction 10 intersection are well-known to motorists stuck in jams there. Yet there could finally be some light at the end of the tunnel. Kent County Council was today due to unveil its suggested alternative to Operation Stack. A hunt for a suitable site for a new lorry park to provide extra spaces for the foreign lorries that are blighting Orbital Park and other parts of the town is, we are told, now under way. The construction of a new junction – 10a – on the motorway now seems destined to go ahead, even though construction costs have rocketed from £45million to £56 million. And, finally, funding for a new rapid bus system to link new outlying housing developments and employment sites around Ashford to the town centre has been approved. All these schemes may have a long way to go before they come to fruition, but patience should ultimately be rewarded. If Ashford is to continue to expand it will undoubtedly need the transport infrastructure and systems to cope with more workers, visitors and residents.
All these schemes may have a long way to go before they come to fruition, but patience should ultimately be rewarded